Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Training and Trips

JamesandEllie
It's been a few months since our last blog post, so here's a quick update of what we've been up to lately:

1. )  In May, we had the opportunity to go to Engadi Ministries' first missionary training weekend.  We learned a lot about the ministry, its core beliefs, and what to expect when we get to Guatemala for the long haul.  During our meetings we were able to meet with several of the board members for the ministry who we had not met yet.  We also learned about what will be expected of us as house-parents of Engadi, and got to spend some quality time with those involved in the ministry.  We had a blast, and our anticipation for the day we finally get to Guatemala has only grown.

One of the things we liked best about the event was that we were able to host a married couple from Texas who is considering becoming house-parents for Engadi, like we are.  It was really a blessing to meet another couple who has felt a calling to be a part of what God is doing in Guatemala, and we both found it really comforting to find people who were dealing with the same hold-ups, struggles, and unknowns that we are.

After a long day of training/orientation

2. )  This Saturday, James will be helping to lead a team from our home church, Watkinsville First Baptist, to Guatemala for a week.  We will be working on improving the access roads to one of the properties that Engadi owns, and preparing for utilities to be laid to the property.  We will also, of course, be visiting the boys that we will one day be working with and their families in Zone 18 of Guatemala City.  Visiting the children always seems to make up for the exhausting and sometimes monotonous construction work that we will be doing for the rest of the week.



After the team from Watkinsville heads home we will be staying an extra week in Guatemala to plan for our move down there.  We will be pricing out daily living and utilities, as well as looking ahead for possible places to live.  We are excited as things continue to move forward, and we get closer to making the move to Guatemala.  We still need lots of prayer and help to make the big move possible; if God is calling you to support our work with Engadi Ministries, you can make a tax-deductible donation at www.cten.org/jamescarr.  We are continually amazed by the provision of our Lord, and are very appreciative of all support.  Thank you!

3. )  Finally, we are preparing a list of family, friends, co-workers, etc. who we will be mailing quarterly updates to once we are on the mission field.  If you, or someone you know would like to receive these updates send us an email with your name and address to jamescarr@cten.org or elliecarr@cten.org.  One of our biggest fears about going to an international mission field is that we will be forgotten by or lose touch with those that we know and love here in the states.  After leaving, we want to keep in touch with you all here as much as possible, and one way that we will be doing so is by these newsletters.

We have an exciting few weeks ahead of us with much progress to be made.  We can't wait to share our headway with you when we get back at the end of the month!

"When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then He said to His disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'"
Matthew 9:36-38

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